November 5th, 2008
11:53 AM ET
5 years ago

Rice: 'proud' of Obama's victory

 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she is 'proud' of Obama's victory.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she is 'proud' of Obama's victory.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced Wednesday that the Department of State "will do everything we can" to ensure a smooth transition to President-elect Barack Obama.

Watch: Obama 'inspirational,' Rice says

While noting that Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain was "gracious" in his defeat, Rice said, "On a personal note, as an African-American, I am especially proud because this is a country that's been through long journey in overcoming wounds, and making race not the factor in our lives.

"That work is not done, but yesterday was obviously an extraordinary step forward."


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soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. 2pacolypse Now

    I must agree if McCain had of picked Rice, this race would have been dead even or in McCain's pocket. I think his pick of Sarah Palin along with the Wall Street collapse doomed him. That is one time where his "Maverick" style costed him dearly. Rice, Ridge or Romney could have changed his fortunes dramatically.

    Congratulations to Barack Obama. It was a hard fought, well earned 21 months of campaigning against the Clintons, and the GOP. Now, it's time to get to work cuz lord knows our country needs working on.

    November 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Joe - NY

    All I have to say is "NO MORE EXCUSES" for African Americans. No need for Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson to step foot in the public eye. If African Americans who voted 98% for Obama can't get a wake up call from this historic election then basically there is no HOPE period. WAKE UP because your excuses have run it's course in American History. "Yes We Can" had better turn into "Yes We Will" in the next 4-8 years.

    November 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. Kris Jackson, North Grafton, MA

    Rice is one of the most brilliant people of her generation. However, her ego led her to sell out to the dark side. She supported the lies that brought us into the Iraq War, she supported the Bush "Doctrine" of threatening anyone who opposed us with military force, and, on a personal level, tried to roll over anyone who disagreed with her. She now has to go away for a while and think things over. She can still be redeemed, but she will probably never again have a prominent spot on the world stage.

    November 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. ron

    come on condi walk towards the light.

    November 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. K.L. Watson

    Well said Condi.

    YES WE DID!!

    November 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Mild Rubio

    THE CNN, THE VIEW AND OTHER LIBERAL MEDIA HAVE WON BIG IN THIS ELECTION. THEY PRACTICALLY GIVEN THE PRESIDENCY TO OBAMA. LET US SEE IN THE COMING DAYS HOW THIS NATION WOULD GO IF FOR THE GOOD OR FOR THE WORSE. WE ALL NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DECISIONS WE MAKE. AS FOR US, WE WILL BE FINE CAUSE WE NEVER DEPENDED ON THE GOVERNMENT ANYWAY. JUST LIKE ANTS, WE WORK AND SAVE FOR THE "RAINY DAY" HOW ABOUT YOU? AND LIKEWISE, WE LIVE BY THE PRINCIPLE.,

    SEEK YEAH FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU.

    WE WILL BE OK.

    November 5, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. ted

    I just remember the sickening testimony that she gave before the 911 commission and the way she seemed to ignore the early warnings from Richard Clark and others about possible terrorist attacks during the first Bush term.

    November 5, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Dutch/Virginia

    Wow, someone in the Bush administration with a heart.

    November 5, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Michael in AL

    It's interesting to me that after 8 years of supporting Bush's oppression of Black Americans (the trickle-down effect, the poor response to Katrina) Rice suddenly cares about the advancement of Black Americans. CNN should look at her actions in the past years and ask her: "where was her concern form African-American's then?"

    November 5, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. sc

    i'm very thrilled after Obama's victory, reinforced my belief in the country. i'm sure his admininstration will provide leadership for great progress in science, education, health care, and wealth of the nation.

    peace to all the republicans.

    November 5, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. LR TX

    For the first time in my adult life I am truly proud to be an American!

    November 5, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. June W

    I think America will be surprised at how inclusive President Obama will be when choosing his cabinet. If we trusted him to be our President, then we have to trust that he will choose on the basis of what he believes is right for America, what they can bring to the table that will be helpful, and not because of party their affiliation. I think government as we knew it under the Republicans is a thing of the past and a new era is about to begin.

    November 5, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. Toronto4Obama

    As a Canadian and as a visible minority I am proud of this day that President 0bama has not only become the first black presidident but a strong vision of hope to all the world. There is a reason there have been celebrations world wide, we the world needed this day for our generation and those after us to become dreamers again.
    Today is a day I can truly,without hesitation say to my children that 'you can become and do anything you set your mind to'.
    Thank you America and God bless President Obama.

    November 5, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Yes we can

    She voted for Obama.

    November 5, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. dejah

    Hey Joe in NY, how about no more excuses for loudmouth bigots, eh?

    November 5, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Bigg Adam FROM TENN!!!

    YES WE CAN

    November 5, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. Connor

    Thank you America

    November 5, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. Theresa

    I love you BARACK H OBAMA !!!!!!!! :)

    I thank GOD for this 'DAY IN HISTORY' .... growing up in the 50's, I remember going to one of Dr. Martin Luther King's marches.
    This is truly the DREAM COME TRUE ......

    God Bless America – God Bless the Democrats and Republicans

    Read the book of Judges; chapter 4 – It's about a SON named BARAK

    Be Blessed America !!!!

    November 5, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. W Spivey Merritt Island, FL

    Well said Condi

    November 5, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. RED

    WHOS YR NEW PRES

    November 5, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Bella

    THANK YOU AMERICA!! I am so happy that I was able to be a part of such a great time in history!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

    November 5, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Carlos

    I ment to say :
    can make things happen to defend his nation

    November 5, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. jack Phoenix, AZ

    Finally McCain have has cookies and warm milk at night. No Politican should be elected or re-elected who is over 60. Too many old folks trying to run this country, no wonder we are so screwed up.

    November 5, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. anuskita

    If McCain had picked Condi Rice as a runnning mate, probably he would have won. True, Palin is charismatic, attractive and has a following but she was a vapid, foolish, empty-headed creature. Most Americans were appalled to see her in a position of real responsibility. I feel sorry for McCain, who is an intelligent, articulate, honorable man but his mistakes were so basic and so many, alas, that he can only blame himself for his sounding defeat.

    November 5, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. frieda

    AMERICA IS A GREAT COUNTRY,IT FEELS SO GOOD TO WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND SEE SMART LEADERS ON TV. WE ALL NOW HAVE TO WORK HARD . NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BLACK, WHITE, LATINO ETC THE CHALLENGE IS OURS.

    November 5, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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